2022 Blog Posts

Return to Camp Polk Meadow Preserve Return to Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

It had been at least 23 years since Martin and Carolyn Winch first visited Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, until a cool and sunny day this past December.

What is an Atmospheric River? What is an Atmospheric River?

In preparation for our January 26th Nature Night, we take a look at atmospheric rivers: what are they and how do they affect Central Oregon?

Nature Night Recap: A Low-to-No Snow Future Nature Night Recap: A Low-to-No Snow Future

Dr. Alan Rhoades and Dr. Erica Siirila-Woodburn presented our January Nature Night, A Low-to-No Snow Future. Watch a recording from their presentation and find suggested resources to learn more about what you can do to help keep snow in our future.

Monarch Butterflies Need Your Green Thumb Monarch Butterflies Need Your Green Thumb

Planting milkweed and other native blossoms can be a big help for local monarch butterfly populations. Here's what you need to know about Central Oregon milkweed, including how and why to grow it.

Caring for the Land During Muddy Trail Season Caring for the Land During Muddy Trail Season

As Central Oregon's winter goes from cold and frozen to warm and sunny, muddy trail conditions begin to appear. For the protection of our beautiful lands, please remember: if you leave tracks, turn back. Here's why.

Kids and climate anxiety Kids and climate anxiety

Climate change is impacting the next generation in new and troubling ways. Learn more about climate anxiety and how to channel that worry into climate action.

Nature Night Recap: Is Climate Anxiety Bad for the Planet? Nature Night Recap: Is Climate Anxiety Bad for the Planet?

Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray presented our March 2nd Nature Night, Is Climate Anxiety Bad for the Planet? Watch a recording from her presentation and find suggested resources to learn more about what you can do to help manage your climate anxiety to become a better climate advocate.

Ducks of Central Oregon Ducks of Central Oregon

Have you heard any duck symphonies of squeaky quacks, whistling wings, and frantic chatters overhead? See what all the noise is about with a few of our local ducks of Central Oregon.

Thornburgh and the Land Trust Thornburgh and the Land Trust

As you may have heard, the Oregon Department of State Lands is reviewing a request to sell 400 acres of Common School Fund land to the developers of Thornburgh Resort. Learn more about the Land Trust's view of the project.

Early Spring Wildflowers to Welcome Early Spring Wildflowers to Welcome

March and April are the season for early spring wildflowers—those first bursts of color that dot the landscape. Look for these in our sagebrush grasslands where the snow melts first and the soil has warmed enough to encourage new growth. Here are five flowers to watch for this season.

Early Spring Hikes for Wildflowers Early Spring Hikes for Wildflowers

Wildflower season in Central Oregon stretches from March-August. It starts in the sagebrush grasslands of the high desert and moves to our Cascade alpine meadows by late summer. Here are three hikes to celebrate the early wildflower season!

Fencing to Help Wildlife Thrive Fencing to Help Wildlife Thrive

Barbed wire seems like a part of life in Central Oregon, but there are alternatives! Learn more about the ways we can all help create conditions that ensure wild animals can move more freely throughout their historic range.

Saving Skyline Forest Saving Skyline Forest

For nearly 20 years that has been the rallying cry at the Land Trust in our long effort to permanently conserve the 33,000 acres of forest land that runs along the base of the Cascades from Bend to Sisters. So why haven’t we saved it yet?